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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sad News from Canada

Mississauga man hit by tow truck and killed. Here's the Toronto Sun story:

A Mississauga man was killed while walking with his wife and their young son Sunday afternoon, police said.

The 54-year-old man, his wife and their four-year-old son were crossing Hurontario St. from the northeast corner of Queensway to the northwest corner when an eastbound tow truck driven by a 24-year-old man struck the man as it turned left onto Hurontario St. at about 4:30 p.m., Peel Regional Police Const. J.P. Valade said.

The woman and her son, who was believed to have been in a stroller, were very close to the tow truck, but were not injured, Valade said.

Despite a quick response by paramedics and the fact that the man was injured just down the street from the Trillium Health Centre, he died from his injuries, police said.

His name was not released at the request of his family.

While the investigation is still in its preliminary stages, Valade cautioned pedestrians to be wary while crossing roads.

"Whether or not you're crossing legally or illegally, as a pedestrian, the consequences of being involved in a collision are obviously not going to favour you," he said. "We have to remind pedestrians that the onus is heavily on them to ensure they are crossing safely."

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it is asked to contact police at 905-453-2121 ext. 3710 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or by texting PEEL and your tip to CRIMES.

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